PEACE…It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. ~unknown
I have this quote on my bathroom mirror as a reminder of what is truly important for my well-being. Turmoil in the heart disrupts even the simplest of daily tasks and routine.
Even though we need to be aware and concerned of what is happening around us, and we need to do our part, we cannot bury all the negative in our heart. God didn’t intend for our hearts to be used as a trash bin to store the garbage of this world. The heart is designed to hold peace and love and compassion. Our hearts should belong to Him and be shared with the world; with our family, friends, and neighbors. If we harbor the ills of this world we push out peace. We then become spiritually unhealthy. And that unhealthiness trickles into the rest of our life.
Finding peace differs from individual to individual. Where I find my peace may not bring you the same joy. You may desire to read a book, go shopping, cook a meal, take a drive, meditate, be with friends, pray, exercise, spend time with your significant other, or journal.
My go to is nature. Sunrises, sunsets, the wind in my hair, the sounds of nature (birdsong, spring peepers, crickets, rushing water), cloud gazing, the warmth of the sun on my face, sitting on my front porch swing and watching the woodpeckers and squirrels. These fill me. Certain music can take me to happy places as well. Just find what brings you the most peace and embrace it daily.
Clean your heart out of all that weighs you down. Set aside the worries of this day and know that you can retrieve them at any time as needed. Just don’t bury them so deep that you no longer have room for peace. Peace should be so readily available that no matter where you are or what you are doing, you can easily find it. Fill your heart daily.
Be grateful for peace. Especially the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). ♥️